LAWYER COMPETENCY IN THE AGE OF E-DISCOVERY WEBCAST

LAWYER COMPETENCY IN THE AGE OF E-DISCOVERY.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 1-2 p.m. ET | REGISTER NOW

The nature of a lawyer’s duty of competence has been the subject of debate ever since the ABA revised its definition of competency two years ago to require lawyers to understand “the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.” That debate intensified after the California state bar recently published a draft ethics opinion regarding the impact of e-discovery on a lawyer’s duty of competence. This interactive, one-hour webcast explores these issues.

As an aspiring lawyer, you will leave this session with an enhanced understanding of competency in the age of e-discovery and the steps to take to help clients meet their discovery obligations.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • How to develop a better understanding of the law regarding the preservation and production of electronically stored information
  • How to create a more cohesive relationship in litigation with clients
  • How to safeguard client confidences, attorney-client privileged materials and attorney work product

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Hon. Patrick Walsh US Magistrate Judge | US District Court, Central District of California
Craig Ball E-Discovery Consultant and Special Master | Austin, Texas
Philip Favro Senior Discovery Counsel | Recommind | Alpine, Utah

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (the “Legal Clinic”) Seeks Attorney to Serve as Project Manager

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless (the “Legal Clinic”) seeks to hire an attorney to serve as project manager for a new, multi-organization, DC Human Right to Housing Initiative. This Initiative emerged from collaboration among the DC Access to Justice Commission, the DC Bar Pro Bono Program and a number of local legal services providers who recognized that securing safe, affordable and accessible housing for all DC residents requires a multi-faceted and coordinated advocacy campaign with a diverse group of stakeholders. The Initiative will use the framework of the human right to housing (i.e. legal security of tenure, affordability, habitability, accessibility) to develop and implement strategic priorities for legal advocacy.

Responsibilities: 

The Project Manager’s primary responsibility will be to assemble and coordinate resources from the legal services community, housing policy advocates and private pro bono law firms to pursue a set of strategic advocacy goals that build toward a community where all DC residents can enjoy safe, affordable and accessible housing and, ultimately, are protected by the District of Columbia’s adoption of the internationally-recognized human right to housing.

Specific priority tasks include:

Initial Planning and Information Gathering

  • Ensure that significant major stakeholders have been identified and given the opportunity to provide input into the Initiative’s priorities and strategies
  • Engage with right to housing initiatives in other jurisdictions for lessons learned and strategic guidance
  • Incorporate input from community members gathered through the Consortium of Legal Services Providers’ Community Needs Assessment to inform the selection of priorities
  • Develop a process to ensure that the Initiative is guided by community input in an ongoing way

Selection of Projects

  • Identify gaps on the DC housing advocacy landscape that might be filled by the legal community
  • Complete the process of identifying and prioritizing strategies and the persons/institutions responsible for their implementation, ultimately building the foundation for the establishment of an enforceable right to housing in DC

Launch and Oversight of Substantive Projects

  • Coordinate work being undertaken by multiple legal services providers on similar issues
  • Work with the Initiative steering committee to engage the private Bar in each strategic endeavor
  • Ensure that communications and strategies are grounded in the right to housing framework

Building a Lasting, Coordinated and Inclusive Right to Housing Advocacy Community

  • Regularly convene a forum where stakeholders identify opportunities to further the cause of affordable housing
  • Bring low-income community member interests and voices into conversations with public officials, developers and other stakeholders committed to alleviating DC’s affordable housing crisis
  • Help stakeholders secure the legal resources they need to be actively engaged with elected and appointed officials (e.g. drafting legislation or regulations; research of best practices; analysis of proposed policy initiatives, etc.)
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative data gathering and evaluation plan for measuring the impact of the Initiative
  • Manage logistical elements of the Initiative, including coordinating the steering committee and supporting the work groups
  • As all Legal Clinic attorneys undertake a combination of direct representation and systemic advocacy, the Right to Housing attorney will be involved with a small number of representative cases in the Initiative’s priority areas, for example shelter access appeals or TOPA (Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act) cases, in addition to her or his project management responsibilities.

Ideal Candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and housing as a human right
  • Five or more years’ experience with housing and/or human rights advocacy and representation
  • Experience working with low- and no-income community members or organizations serving those community members
  • Track record of collaborative work across diverse organizations and coalitions
  • Skilled at building alliances to achieve goals
  • Familiarity with DC housing law and the local affordable housing community
  • Familiarity with the DC pro bono community
  • Demonstrated understanding of human rights frameworks
  • Experience with project management
  • Membership in, or eligibility to waive into, the DC Bar

In addition, the Project Manager must be a strategic thinker and team player, and she or he must embrace the value of community engagement and client input.

Compensation: 

This is a full-time position. Salary depends on experience, with excellent benefits including 100% employer-paid health insurance. This position presently is funded for 12 – 18 months, although funding will be sought to continue the Initiative beyond this start-up period.

To Apply: 

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate qualifications for this position and interest in working to ensure a just and inclusive community where housing is a human right. Email materials to this address and note “Right to Housing Attorney” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled; applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP.

 

 

 

 

The Richmond Law Journal of Law and Technology 2014-2015 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition

In law school? Interested in technology? Write about a topic at the intersection of law and technology and have a chance to be published and win prizes!

The University of Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 biennial Student Law and Technology Writing Competition. This writing competition allows current students from ABA-accredited law schools to compete for cash prizes, as well as the opportunity to have their work published in the University of Richmond’s Journal of Law and Technology. 

The Student Law and Technology Writing Competition includes three separate awards offered to law students who have submitted exemplary papers. The first place article will receive $1,500 and the second place article will receive $700. In addition, one law student from The University of Richmond School of Law will receive the Rick Klau Prize of $300. In order for an article to be properly considered, it must be submitted according to the guidelines provided below. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Papers must be written independently
  • Only students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school’s J.D. program as of January 1, 2015 may participate.
  • The topic of the paper MUST deal with a topic at the intersection of both law and technology.
  • Papers that have been submitted to or published by a student publication are not acceptable for submission to the contest.
  • Papers submitted must not exceed 30 pages in length and should be formatted as follows: using size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and 1-inch margins on all sides. 

Submissions may not be in .pdf format. 

Citations for the paper must be in compliance with the rules set out in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th ed. An entry form must be included with each submission, a copy of the entry form is available on the Journal‘s website.

To Submit:

All entries for the 2014 Student Law and Technology Writing Competition must be submitted via e-mail by Sunday, January 11, 2015 at midnight EST. The e-mail submissions must be sent via email and must include “Student Law and Technology Writing Competition” in the subject line. Please direct all questions to the same e-mail address. 

Up to 3 of the best articles will have a chance to be published within Volume XXI of the Journal!

 

 

 

The University of Connecticut School of Law Seeks Director of the Career Planning Center

The University of Connecticut School of Law located in Hartford, CT invites applicants for an opening as Director of the CareerPlanningCenter.  The Director of the CareerPlanningCenter plans, organizes, and administers a program of job placement and career counseling for law students and alumni/ae, under the general direction of the Assistant Dean of Students.  Characteristic duties include: plans, implements, and evaluates recruiting strategies; designs, administers, and conducts placement technique workshops; works with student groups to identify specific needs of particular segments of student population; supervises department employees.

Minimum Qualifications: J.D. or Master’s degree or in appropriate field; experience counseling and/or direct supervision of students or law associates in an educational or law practicing setting; knowledge of legal hiring community and job search skills; demonstrated supervisory and administrative capacity; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; willingness to work irregular and flexible hours.

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with the legal employment market of Connecticut and major legal employment centers; two to four years’ experience in administration and counseling in an educational or other relevant setting; demonstrated ability to effectively engender trust and build positive relationships with students and employers; ability to project a favorable image of Law School programs and students.

This is a full-time, permanent position.

Please apply online using Husky Hire to submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references.  Review of applications will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search # 2015050)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on October 7, 2014.

West Virginia University College of Law Seeks Director of the Academic Excellence Center

West Virginia University College of Law invites applications for the position of Director of the Academic Excellence Center. The Academic Excellence Center seeks to enhance the academic performance of law students and to help them thrive at every stage of their law school career and beyond. The Director of the Center works closely with students and faculty to achieve this goal, supporting its mission through a variety of activities, including the Fall & Spring Study Session Programs; one-on-one student counseling; Academic Excellence Fridays (open academic skills workshops); a for-credit bar preparation course for 3Ls; an immersive summer law institute for undergraduates thinking about law school; and a variety of other activities designed to strengthen analytical and test-taking skills.

Qualified applicants should have an outstanding academic record in law school; legal practice experience; teaching experience or superb potential for teaching effectively. The applicant should also be an admitted member of the bar of any state and have a demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a positive working relationship with entities outside the law school, including the State Board of Law Examiners and commercial bar preparation vendors. A degree in education or counseling and experience in working with a wide variety of students, including those with learning disabilities and mental health issues, is an advantage, but not required.  In addition, a deep interest in current research about how adults learn best would be ideal.

This is a full-time, ten-month position with the opportunity to rise through the ranks of Teaching Assistant Professor, Teaching Associate Professor and Teaching Professor.  The Director of Academic Excellence will be a full-time faculty member entitled to vote and participate in faculty governance in all matters except promotion and tenure decisions regarding faculty members on the tenure track.  This is an exciting time to join the WVU College of Law, which is in the final phase of an extensive renovation that will include a prominent Academic Services Center that features the Office of Academic Excellence. The College of Law recognizes that the Center is an essential resource for helping each student reach his or her maximum potential, and the work of the Academic Excellence Director is highly valued.

WVU Law is committed to building a multicultural and inclusive work force that includes diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, military service, disabilities, social background and experience. Appointment and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

WVU Law has established  a place among the nation’s leading public law schools. WVU Law was recently ranked 15th best in the country in public interest law; 16th best-value law school in preLaw Magazine; and in the top 100 (rank 83) by U.S. News and World Report. WVU Law also received the excellence in Pro Bono Award from Super Lawyer Magazine in 2012 for its outstanding clinical law program. Their core values include excellence in scholarship, teaching and service, close student/faculty interaction, diversity and inclusivity, respectful/professional behavior, community, and justice.

Founded in 1878, and member of the Association of American Law schools (1914) and accredited by the American Bar Association (1924), WVU Law is the sole law school serving West Virginia, but attracts many students from other states and countries. WVU Law is located in Morgantown, a vibrant university community ranked one of the top small cities in the country. Faculty and students enjoy the convenience of a small city combined with the cultural opportunities of a metropolitan area. West Virginia’s beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities are easily accessible from Morgantown, as are the cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Please address letters to Appointments Committee Co-Chair Robert Bastress c/o Toni Sebree, West Virginia University College of Law, P.O. Box 6130, Morgantown, WV 26506-6130.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice Has Added a New Mobile App Called DOJ Law Jobs

The U.S. Department of Justice unveiled a new mobile app, called DOJ Law Jobs, which will provide attorneys and law students with a quick and easy way to find an attorney position or law student internship with the Department.

DOJ Law Jobs is available for free now on iTunes for Apple iPhone, and additional versions for iPad and Android devices will be available in the next few weeks. The mobile app was developed by the Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Users of the app will be able to create personalized job searches based on practice area, geographic preference, and hiring organization.

To review the full press release, please click here.

This Week at the CDO (Week of September 22, 2014)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014:

  • International LL.M. Career Development Luncheon, Training/Workshop – 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., Room F-109

Friday, September 25, 2014:

  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program Information Session (Lecture/Panel Discussion) – 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Room A-110

The NLRB 2015 Honors Program

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is soliciting applications for its Honors Program, through which the Agency hires highly qualified individuals for attorney positions in its Headquarters and Regional offices. The Agency is seeking to enhance the diversity of its employees so that they represent the public that they serve.

The NLRB is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. The Board has five Members and primarily acts as a quasi-judicial body deciding cases on the basis of formal records in administrative proceedings. Board Members are appointed by the President to 5 year terms, with Senate consent, the term of one Member expiring each year. The General Counsel, appointed by the President to a 4 year term, is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases and the general supervision of the NLRB Regional offices in the processing of cases.

The Agency Honors Program is limited to applicants who achieved a law school GPA of 3.2 or greater, and currently are third year law students, full-time graduate law students, judicial law clerks, or attorneys who are serving in a full time labor law fellowship begun immediately following graduation from law school or completion of a judicial clerkship. The Agency maintains three completely separate Honors Programs, one for the Headquarters offices on the General Counsel side, one for the Headquarters offices on the Board side, and one for the specific Regional offices.

The application period for the 2015 Honors Program is open during the period of August 15, 2014 12 AM EDT to October 15, 2014 11:59 PM EDT. Please click here for more information.

 

Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic at Georgetown Law

The Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic is currently accepting applications for a Graduate Teaching Fellow for 2015-17.  The Fellow will be one of two Teaching Fellows/Supervising Attorneys who help supervise students and work with the Director on all aspects of running the clinic.  See below for a description of the Clinic and the Fellowship, and information on how to apply.

The Clinic:

The Clinic trains students (10-12 each semester) to be effective “legislative lawyers” – lawyers who use legal skills to advance public policy through the legislative and executive branches of government.  The Clinic’s core work is our representation of non-profit organizations in their advocacy before Congress and federal departments and agencies. Client organizations and issues are chosen for their capacity to offer Clinic students the best opportunity to get actively involved, on behalf of the clients, in the federal legislative and administrative processes.  Current and recent client organizations are the Women’s Refugee Commission, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Women’s Law Center, and Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

Student work for clients includes a wide range of activities, such as: analyzing and researching legislative proposals and their potential impact on existing law; preparing advocacy materials; drafting legislative language and explanatory materials; preparing for and participating in meetings with coalition partners and with decision-makers on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch; and advising the client on policy and strategy questions.

The Clinic experience also includes a seminar on Congressional and administrative processes, as well as relevant skills (e.g., written and oral advocacy, collaboration, and negotiation).  In addition, the Clinic runs several intensive written and oral exercises throughout the semester, including a two-week simulation of a Senate committee markup. During the simulation, the students role-play U.S. Senators charged with drafting and marking up legislation to address a pressing national problem.

For more details about the Clinic, see the website.

The Fellowship:

Each Fellow is responsible for supervising five or six J.D. students enrolled in the Clinic—generally, one client “team.”  Supervision of students’ client work includes guiding students on research and analysis, editing and providing feedback on drafts of written work, and preparing students for meetings and advocacy on behalf of the clients.  The Fellows hold weekly one-on-one meetings with each student, meet frequently with the students’ client teams, and are generally available as resources and guides.

The Fellows also help design and teach Clinic seminar classes, work closely with Director on running Clinic exercises and evaluating student performance, provide extensive written and oral feedback on the students’ exercises, and generally collaborate with the Director on the operation of the Clinic.

New Clinic Fellows also enroll in a year-long seminar called Elements of Clinical Pedagogy. The seminar meets monthly and is taught by experienced Georgetown clinical faculty.

The Fellowship provides Fellows an opportunity to prepare for a career in teaching and to enhance their own legislative lawyering skills.  In addition, upon completion of the Fellowship, Fellows receive a Master of Laws in Advocacy.

How to Apply:

To apply for the Fellowship, please submit a resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and cover letter setting forth your interest in the Fellowship by December 1, 2014 for the 2015-17 Fellowship.   Superior writing skills and a strong academic background are required.  Experience in teaching and legislative lawyering is highly desirable.  Candidates should have at least one year of relevant experience beyond the J.D. degree (e.g., clerkship, government/Hill experience, or private/non-profit practice).

Fellows must be admitted to a Bar prior to commencing the Fellowship.  Those Fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the Fellowship offer.

Please direct application materials to: Professor Judy Appelbaum, Director, Federal Legislation & Administrative Clinic, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave, N.W., Room 340, Washington, D.C. 20001.  Please send an electronic copy of all application materials to the Clinic’s Executive Assistant, Loretta Moss.

 

 

First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition

Purpose:

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

Eligibility:

The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.

Topic:

Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

Judging:

Submissions will be judged anonymously by an independent panel of experts. Judging will be on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Thesis originality
  2. Topic complexity
  3. Research quality
  4. Organization and analysis
  5. Writing quality

Prizes:

  1. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review (TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.
  2. Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Preference for these additional winners will be given to submissions from disciplines not represented by the grand prize winner. By submitting a paper to this competition, the author grants Thomas Jefferson School of Law the right to edit, as necessary, and publish that paper in the TJLR.

Rules:

The written submission shall be an original work of a single author not previously published or under consideration for publication. The work must be produced in conjunction with course work toward a degree or under the supervision of a faculty member at the student’s home institution.

Format:

Submissions should be appropriate for law review publication. Citations should conform to the citation style most frequently used by the student’s discipline. For example, law student manuscripts should employ the current edition of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Footnotes should be single-spaced. One inch margins are required. Pages should be numbered. A cover page must be provided that includes: author name; contact information; school; and the academic degree currently pursued by the student. Submissions must not exceed 35 pages in length, including citations, any figures or tables, and the cover page. The paper title should appear on the first full page of text. Identifying information, including student name, should not appear on any page other than the cover page.

Deadlines:

All submissions must be submitted electronically. All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January, 15, 2015. Winning submissions will be announced by April 15, 2015.

Contact:

Questions should be directed to Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp. You may view the website here.